Gretchen Lee, a Pettisville High School student who starts her senior year in the fall, recently met with “the best student scientists in the world.”
Lee told the Pettisville School Board during its Monday, June 26 meeting about her May trip to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.
Lee advanced to the international competition after presenting her science fair project at regional competition in March.
At the ISEF, approximately 1,800 students from 78 countries gathered to present their projects.
“I was there with the best student scientists in the world,” Lee told the board. “It was a humbling experience for me.”
Lee’s project involved treating a parasite found in animals by using oregano oil.
She found the oil was effective in treating the parasite in their egg stage, killing the eggs within 48 hours of treatment.
Lee commended the school board for supporting science fair participation, saying it had been a very positive experience for her.
“I was able to network with others who have the same passions as I,” Lee said. “And it helped me become better at public speaking. I really learned a lot.”
In addition to participating in the science fair, a highlight of the trip was a visit the young science students made to an amusement park. The company that sponsors the science fair rented the entire park, which was free to the science fair attendees.
“The food was free, the rides were free, and there were minimal lines,” Lee said. “It was great!”–D.J. Neuenschwander